Roc City Skate Park

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The long awaited Roc City Skate Park opened in November 2020. Check back here for more details about the Skate Park opening.

Thank you to Friends of Roc City Skatepark and
Boris Sapohznikov for this video footage 

Build it and they will come

Rochester is strategically and deliberately positioning itself to become a more active, playable city. Across the community new, unique and innovative play areas, playful sidewalks, and interactive murals are being introduced into the fabric of neighborhoods. Now we have a unique opportunity to add to this mosaic of play by building a state-of-the-art downtown skatepark right on the Genesee River waterfront!

The ROC City Skate Park started in 2008 as an effort among a small group of volunteers who wanted to raise money to build a modest skate park. After many years of planning and discussion, the project finally found a home below the Frederick Douglass - Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge as part of the City of Rochester's ROC the Riverway initiative.

A creative partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation and funding support from the Skatepark Project, Rochester Gas & Electric, the Friends of the ROC City Skatepark, and the Sands Family Foundation has helped to make this vision a reality. Through the Built to Play program with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Skatepark Project has funded native plantings, bicycle racks, and other efforts to make the site more sustainable.




  • Of the 125 largest cities in the country, Rochester is the only one without a public skate park, and the demand for such a space from the community is huge. 
  • The number of Americans who ride bicycles is greater than all those who ski, golf, and play tennis combined. 
  • BMX makes up about 30% of the bicycling market. 
  • 60 minutes of skateboarding or BMX riding burns more calories than running at a 12-minute mile pace, or playing basketball, lacrosse, tennis, swimming, or baseball.
  • The International Olympic Committee has added Skateboarding to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
  • There are over 11 million skateboarders in the world contributing to a $4.8 billion market.

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To learn more about ROC the Riverway visit:  

Public Participation

 rcp-logo-200 To learn more about this project, please contact  

 Ellen Micoli Soffa, RLA, Project Manager, City of Rochester, Department of Environmental Services.

 Friends of the Roc City Skatepark